Strategic Plan

A Bold vision needs strong action.

2021-2026 SACNAS Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan Intro
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VISION

Achieving True Diversity in STEM. #TrueDiversity means that the field (including leadership positions) accurately and proportionately reflects the demographics of the population.

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MISSION

SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.

STRATEGIC GOALS

Serve the SACNAS community by expanding its networks, chapters, and membership. ​

Impact STEM career development and representation at all levels through expanded awareness, access, and resources.

Strengthen SACNAS’s influence in diversifying the STEM enterprise.

Current State​

January 1, 2021
  • 118 chapters (116 student, 2 professional)​
  • 6,830 active members (5,100 student, 1,000 professional, 730 lifetime)​
  • $3.6M revenue
  • No anchoring framework for programs and services ​
  • Annual service impact:​
    • 800 mentoring connections at NDiSTEM​
    • 0-20 DEI leaders produced through the LPSLI​
    • 1,046 members access the Career Center
  • No research or policy infrastructure​
  • No influence operations ​
  • No fund development department

Serve the SACNAS community by expanding its networks, chapters, and membership.

Impact STEM career development and representation at all levels through expanded awareness, access, and resources.

Strengthen SACNAS’ influence in the diversifying the STEM enterprise.

Future State​

December 31, 2026
  • 239 chapters (209 student, 30 professional)​
  • 13,710 members (8,445 student, 3,265 professional, and 2,000 lifetime)​
  • $9.5M revenue
  • Unified Career Development Framework guiding all program development​
  • Annual service impact:​
    • 2,000 mentoring connections year-round​
    • 150 DEI leaders produced across the career spectrum​
    • 3,250 members access the Career Development Center
  • 3 positions dedicated to Research & Policy department​
  • 6 positions dedicated to External Affairs Department (influence, fund development, and communications)​

SACNAS Will...

Be PROACTIVE:
We will have a strong infrastructure to pursue strategic directions and act on opportunities and partnerships.

Have A STRONG NATIONAL VOICE:
SACNAS has the opportunity, experience, and expertise to serve as a central thought leader in the STEM diversity movement.

Have LARGE-SCALE IMPACT:
Over the course of our 40+ year history, SACNAS has changed lives. We have opened the doors of opportunity and access to thousands of students and professionals by helping build their confidence, introducing them to a network of mentors, and creating space for them to learn about graduate schools and careers. Now it is time to turn this individual impact into large scale impact, creating a critical mass of STEM leaders from underrepresented communities.